Archbishop Bernard made his first visit to St Christopher’s Church, Tutbury, on Sunday 3 December. and celebrated the 9am Mass together with Father Arul and Father Dominic Cosslett.
He was pleasantly surprised to find a different kind of welcome when he arrived at the church. The Indian Community who regularly worship at St Christopher’s had decorated the church drive with beautiful painted and decorated umbrellas and silver foil.
Accompanying the Archbishop in the opening procession were altar servers dressed in traditional Indian dress and a number of children bearing gifts of fruit and flowers which the Archbishop accepted at the foot of the sanctuary. In the offertory procession more children and adults brought further gifts of fruit and flowers.
After the Mass tea and coffee, cakes and biscuits were served and the Archbishop remained to speak to almost everyone in the congregation. His Grace took the opportunity to bless Bridgette and Brian Hallam, celebrating the year of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Bridgette, aged 82 and Brian 88 were married on Easter Monday 22 April, 1957 at St Michael’s Church, Wolverhampton.
It was almost 11 o’clock before the Archbishop left, leaving behind many happy memories of his visit.
By Brian Hallam,
St Christopher’s Church, Tutbury